Mitt Romney Introduces Running Mate as 'Next President of the U.S.'

8/11/2012 5:06 AM PDT

Mitt Romney -- Screws up Running Mate Intro, Calls Him 'Next President'

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Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney was so excited to introduce Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate this morning in Virginia ... he accidentally referred to him as "the next President of the United States." WHOOPS!!!!!

Romney realized his mistake when Ryan took the stage and jokingly said, "Every now and then I am known to make a mistake. I did not make a mistake with this guy."

Certainly not the start the Romney/Ryan ticket was looking for, but hey ... at least people are talking.

Then again, here's a theory. If Obama wins, he's still the same President. If Ryan runs in four years and wins, he would technically be the next Prez. 

It's unlikely that's what Romney meant.